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DATE January 22, 2001
DIRECTIVE OLDER WORKER BULLETIN 01-02
TO ALL SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SCSEP) GRANTEES
SUBJECT AMERICA'S WORKFORCE NETWORK

1. PURPOSE: To inform SCSEP grantees about America's Workforce Network (AWN).

2. BACKGROUND: The AWN is a partnership among Federal, State, and local governments, the private sector, labor organizations, educational institutions, commu- nity and faith-based organizations to provide the full range of workforce development services. These services range from skills training and placement services to finding and certifying qualifying employees, from income maintenance services to incentive programs for workers and employers alike. Each service is an investment towards building effective local labor markets to meet the needs of the 21th century economy.

Key components of AWN include universal access to "core services" at any location, streamlined services through the One Stop delivery system, a strong role for local Workforce Investment Boards and the private sector in the workforce investment system, facilitating State and local flexibility, and enhancing adult services programs.

AWN works on both the National and local levels. Nationally through the use of offices nationwide, the Internet and a toll-free help line, AWN provides an easy way to find employment and training services everywhere in the nation.

By linking multiple components of the workforce investment system customers are provided easy access into, and movement within the system. The result is that employers and labor organizations with operations around the country or job seekers who are moving can access the full range of services anywhere.

Local accessibility to AWN is comprised of partners at all levels of government, business, labor, and community involvement who tailor their products to meet local needs. As part of its efforts, the U.S. Department of Labor supports AWN through national services such as the toll-free help line (877-US2-JOBS) and Internet resources like America's Career Kit.

3. INQUIRIES:Questions should be directed to your Federal Representative at (202) 693-3842.

ATTACHMENT None.

ERICH W. ("RIC") LARISCH
Chief
Division of Older Worker Programs

JAMES C. DeLUCA
Acting Director
Office of National Programs

TDNO: DRichardson/MJ/1-09.01/RmN4644

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